An immersive depiction of the proliferation of self-documentation in China before its suppression by the country’s 2017 Cybersecurity Law, Zhu Shengze’s enthralling found-footage documentary compiles live streaming footage assembled from over 800 hours of material. By enabling individuals — many of whom are disabled, marginalized or from the working class — to candidly engage with viewers and also generate revenue, live streaming not only provides a meager supplemental income, but also a vital source of connection to those who are particularly vulnerable and live in relative isolation and obscurity
Winner of the Tiger Award at the 2019 Rotterdam Film Festival, PRESENT.PERFECT. is a poetic demonstration of the need to seek out or create global communities and the shrouded threat that doing so poses to state control. –Malin Kan
Shengze Zhu is a documentary filmmaker and producer. She co-founded Burn The Film with Zhengfan Yang, her collaborator since 2012. Her directorial debut OUT OF FOCUS (2014) premiered at Cinéma du Réel; her second film ANOTHER YEAR (2016) received the Best Film Award at Visions du Réel, Grand Prize at RIDM Montreal Int’l Documentary Festival, Critic’s Award at Olhar de Cinema (Brazil), and was honored as “Top 10 Films of the Year” in 2016 by 24 Images. Her third film PRESENT.PERFECT. received the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
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